IAND Spring Assembly Schedule

 The Illinois Academy Spring Assembly
Springing into the New Century with Diversity and Innovation
March 30-31, 2017
Chicago Marriott Hotel
Oak Brook, IL

A total of 13.5 CPE hours available for 2 days!

Schedule (pdf)


Please hover over the presentation titles below to view the descriptions and hover over the speaker's name to view their biography.

Thursday, March 30th

(5.5 CPE hrs)

12:00pm - 1:00pm
Registration (Lobby)
1:00pm - 4:00pm
Pre-Conference Workshop

Health at Every Size Matters® (HAES): Supporting Clients in Their Journeys to Develop a Healthy Relationship with Food and Their Bodies

Judith Matz, LCSW

Elisa D'Urso Fischer, MS, RD, LDN

Description: This engaging workshop allows participants to explore how the tenets of the HAES framework will expand their ability to counsel from a weight neutral perspective, offering a research-based, positive approach to normalizing eating and strengthening body image. Participants will learn how negative body image fuels dieting, bingeing and feelings of shame for clients and will deepen their understanding of intuitive/attuned eating as they learn practical strategies to support clients in building body confidence and a healthy relationship with food. Through didactic presentation and experiential exercises, attendees will examine their own attitudes toward dieting, food and weight.

4:15pm - 5:15pm
General Assembly/IAND Board Meeting

Exhibits and Posters Open

Description: ALL MEMBERS are WELCOME to attend the open general assembly/board meeting.  The Illinois Academy board meeting will allow members to observe how the board operates in accordance with the bylaws, policy and procedure manual, and Robert's Rules of Order.  The board meeting agenda will be comprised of the most recent president, treasurer, and committee reports as well as additional pertinent items needing to be discussed.

5:30pm - 7:00pm
Exhibits, Posters, Networking, Appetizers and Drinks

Description: Stop by and unwind while enjoying delicious appetizers and a glass of wine! Visit with the exhibitors about the latest products and services, check out the poster presentations, chat with friends and colleagues and take a group picture at the ‘selfie’ booth.


Friday, March 31st

(8 CPE hrs)

6:30am - 8:00am
Registration (Lobby)
7:00am - 7:45am
Exhibits and Poster Sessions

Coffee and light refreshments

Description: Stop by for your morning coffee before the meeting begins.  Visit with the exhibitors about the latest products and services, check out the poster presentations and meet the presenters, chat with friends and colleagues and take a quick ‘selfie’ before the meeting begins.

7:45am - 8:00am
Welcome and Introductions

Brooke Schantz ─ IAND President; Ana Pruteanu – CPI-Chair

8:00am - 9:00am
Challenges to Increasing Diversity in Dietetics

Jill White, EdD, RDN

Description: This discussion is based upon the findings in five qualitative studies where African American interns or practitioners were asked their perception of what factors have contributed to the lack of diversity in the field of Dietetics.  We need to develop new educational models addressing the barriers we have identified.  In addition, we need to explore where Registered Dietitians fit in an "ecological model" understanding health disparity, patient centered care and community based research

9:00am - 9:25am

Visit Exhibits and Poster Sessions

9:25am - 10:25am
The Recipe for Career Pathway and Leadership Success in Dietetics

Paula Milas Sochacki, EdD, MPH, RDN, LDN

Description: Due to the changing healthcare landscape the field of dietetics is constantly evolving. For dietitians to remain at the forefront of their careers it is necessary to evaluate how one can be successful and lead within their organizations. After this presentation the learner should be able to identify key influences and/or barriers that are faced by leaders in dietetics and how they can be related to various career pathway navigational success in their own careers.

10:25am - 11:25am
The Ethics of Practice: When Science and Beliefs Conflict

Connie Diekman, MEd., RD, CSSD, FADA, FAND

Mary Russell, MS, RDN, LDN, FAND

Description: How does the Academy’s Code of Ethics ground our profession in this time of widely available nutrition advice and significant conflicting information and strongly held opinions? Connie, Diekman, past Academy president, and Mary Russell, past Academy Ethics Committee chair will explore the conundrum: when science and various professionals’ interpretation of that science differ, when and how does the Code of Ethics guide communication and consultation?

11:25am - 12:15pm
Awards Announcement and Celebrating 50 Year Members

Passing of Gravel

Lunch provided by Canadian Lentils

12:15pm - 12:45pm
Raffle and Silent Auction Drawing in Exhibit Hall


Visit Exhibits and Poster Sessions

12:45pm - 1:45pm
Challenges and Strategies: Treating Patients with Food Allergy

Ellen Karlin, MMSC, RDN, LDN, FADA

Description: Food allergy is a growing and serious public health concern, requiring significantly increased attention from dietitians.  Researchers estimate that approximately 15 million Americans have food allergies. Therefore, dietitians will be seeing patients with these disorders on a more routine basis than ever before.  The need to better understand these patients and their unique needs has never been greater.  Participants will have an increased understanding of the pathophysiology of the immune system, risk factors for developing food allergy.  Guidelines will be provided on how to easily and safely provide medical nutrition therapy these patients.

1:50pm - 2:50pm
Mindful Eating: Successfully Transitioning Your Clients from Rigid Diet Patterns

Beth Frazier, MS, RD, LD

Description: Our clients continue to struggle to lose weight and have sustainable weight loss. What if the secret is not in further recommendations on what they can eat but rather teaching them how to eat? Bethany will discuss how you can implement mindful eating strategies into your weight loss counseling practice.

2:50pm - 3:05pm
Poster Session Winner Announcement


3:05pm - 4:05pm
Food and Nutrition Magazine’s - Recipe Development: Expert Tips and Submission Guidelines LIVE!

Sara Haas, RDN, LDN

Description: Learn how to make recipes worthy of acceptance in Food and Nutrition Magazine! This informative session brings to life the practical tips nutrition professionals can use to build the perfect recipe EVERY time!

Sponsor: Food and Nutrition Magazine

4:05pm - 4:15pm
Wrap Up, Introduction of SA 2018 Theme

Brooke Schantz ─ IAND President; Ana Pruteanu – CPI-Chair
Melissa Prest – IAND President-Elect; Katie D’Andrea – CPI-Chair Elect



Gold Contributors

Midwest Dairy Council


Bronze Contributors


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